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Self-Help Credit Union Announces Education Scholarships Winners

18 Branches Each Awarded $500 to a Student

Jul 9, 2015

Self-Help Credit Union today announced the winners of its education scholarship for students active in their community. With eighteen credit union branches each selecting a $500 winner, Self-Help awarded a total of $9,000.  

Students were judged on their proven commitment to community service through leadership or volunteer activities. To be eligible students have to be enrolled or planning to enroll in a postsecondary college or vocational school and write an essay on the importance of being active in the community.

The winners, branch and branch address are listed below. Additional information about each branch winner is available on request. Unless noted, photos for all winners are available on Self-Help’s tumblr page at:

Winners for Self-Help Credit Union Western N.C. Region Branches (13 including Galax, Virginia)

  • Chase Valentine, Asheville Branch  at 391 South French Broad Avenue (photo not available)
  • Kaitlin Frazer, South Asheville Branch at 1911 Hendersonville Road (photo not available)
  • Michelle Corn, Fletcher Branch at 5565 Hendersonville Road (photo not available)
  • Samuel “Ryne” Ritter, Hendersonville Branch at 855 Spartanburg Highway (photo on tumblr)
  • Devin Oxner, Lexington Branch (336) 249-5642 (photo not available)
  • Kayla Gibson, Maiden Branch 505A Island Ford Road (photo on tumblr)
  • Scarlett Madeline Wall, Morganton Branch 705 West Fleming Drive (photo on tumblr)
  • Andrea Hall, Old Fort Branch at 217 Catawba Street (photo on tumblr)
  • Hannah Reese, Brevard Branch at 5716 Old Hendersonville Highway Pisgah Forest (photo on tumblr)
  • Claire Harris, Rosman Branch at 59 Chestnut Street West Suite 1 (photo on tumblr)
  • Chelsea Horton, Galax, Virginia Branch at305 Railroad Avenue  (photo not available)

Winners for Self-Help Credit Union Triad/Triangle Branches (2)

  • Tanessa Jeanette Atwater, Durham Branch at 123 W Main St. (photo on tumblr)
  • Nadine Palacio, Greensboro Branch dba Choice Community Credit Union at 3400 Battleground Ave. (photo on tumblr)

Winners for Self-Help Credit Union Eastern N.C. Branches  (6)

  • Jonathan Andrew Burke, Kinston Branch at 1910 West Vernon Avenue (photo not available)
  • Tylexus Ellis, Wilson Branch at 2301 Madison Drive (photo available on request)
  • Sarah Martin, Laurinburg Branch at 701 South Main Street (photo on tumblr)
  • Destini Tyson, Roanoke Rapids Branch at 1330 E. 10th St. (photo on tumblr)
  • Dre`Quan Lee, Windsor Branch at 302 W. Granville St (photo on tumblr)

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About Self-Help Credit Union
Self-Help, a nonprofit community development lender headquartered in North Carolina, has provided over $6.8 billion in financing to nearly 102,000 families, individuals and businesses. It helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by financing hundreds of homebuyers each year, as well as nonprofits, child care centers, community health facilities, public charter schools, and residential and commercial real estate projects. Through its two credit unions and 40 branches, Self-Help serves over 117,000 families in North Carolina, California and Chicago and offers a full range of financial products and services. Learn more at


About Self-Help

Self-Help is a leading national community development financial institution headquartered in Durham, NC. Since 1980, Self-Help has provided over $8.5 billion in financing to 150,000 families, individuals and businesses. It helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by providing responsible financial services; lending to individuals, small businesses and nonprofits; developing real estate; and promoting fair financial practices across the nation. Through its credit union network, Self-Help serves over 150,000 people in California, Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The nonprofit Center for Community Self-Help is the umbrella organization for the Self-Help family of nonprofit organizations, which includes Self-Help Credit Union, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, Self-Help Ventures Fund and the Center for Responsible Lending.